Reviewing Golden Star Resources (GSS) and The Competition

Golden Star Resources (NYSE: GSS) is one of 69 public companies in the “Gold & silver ores” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Golden Star Resources to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Golden Star Resources and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golden Star Resources 0 0 2 0 3.00
Golden Star Resources Competitors 731 2808 2605 94 2.33

Golden Star Resources currently has a consensus price target of $7.13, indicating a potential upside of 61.93%. As a group, “Gold & silver ores” companies have a potential upside of 18.00%. Given Golden Star Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Golden Star Resources is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Golden Star Resources and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Golden Star Resources $264.74 million -$67.43 million 27.50
Golden Star Resources Competitors $1.34 billion $123.69 million 15.60

Golden Star Resources’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Golden Star Resources. Golden Star Resources is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Golden Star Resources and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golden Star Resources -16.59% -176.24% 5.50%
Golden Star Resources Competitors -18.07% -11.10% -1.48%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

25.4% of Golden Star Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.2% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Golden Star Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.9% of shares of all “Gold & silver ores” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Golden Star Resources has a beta of 0.69, indicating that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golden Star Resources’ competitors have a beta of 0.99, indicating that their average stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Golden Star Resources competitors beat Golden Star Resources on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Golden Star Resources

Golden Star Resources Ltd. operates as a gold mining and exploration company. The company owns and operates the Wassa open-pit gold mine, the Wassa underground mine, and a carbon-in-leach processing plant located to the northeast of the town of Tarkwa, Ghana; and the Bogoso gold mining and processing operation, the Prestea open-pit mining operations, and the Prestea underground mine located near the town of Prestea, Ghana. It also holds and manages interests in various gold exploration properties in Ghana and Brazil. The company was incorporated in 1992 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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